Star tour of Münster: Park landscape and moated castles
From 3 days / 2 nights up to 9 days / 8 nights | Self-guided cycling tours
With 4500 kilometres of bike paths, the Münsterland boasts one of Germany's most extensive networks of bike paths – with its flat landscape and "Pättkes", former smuggler's routes and agricultural roads that today make the perfect bike paths for pleasure-seeking cycling enthusiasts.
In addition to sights outside of Münster, the city itself offers a wealth of cultural attractions that can be explored by bike. Discover the charm of the Prinzipalmarkt with its gabled buildings and enjoy a cup of coffee right on the Domplatz.
With this star tour, you can choose from six different bike trips around Münster and a tour of Münster city. The tours give you the perfect opportunity to discover the palaces, castles and manors of Münster. The sixth tour will take you through Münster's most beautiful district to various sculpture projects.
The minimum travel time is 3 days/2 nights. We recommend extending your travel time so you can discover all the interesting places in and around Münster.
Day 1: Arrival in Münster
Arrival in Münster and check-in in the hotel. Time for a first visit of the old town.
Tour 1: Haus Langen – Telgte (Cycling 37–40 km/23-25 miles)
This tour takes you through Handorf along the winding bank of the Werse to Haus Langen, and then parallel to the Ems and back along the Dortmund-Ems canal. Haus Langen is a former estate with a watermill, which was in operation until the 60s. This pleasant stretch along the Werse takes you into the suburb of Handorf, also known as the 'Dorf der großen Kaffeekannen ("village of the large coffee pots") as it has always been an attractive destination for the inhabitants of Münster. Shortly after crossing the Ems you come across Haus Langen and the adjacent natural protection area. The return route takes you through green parkland to the Emsaue. You can take in nature with a range of viewing towers, platforms and benches. Or extend the tour by a few kilometres and visit the pilgrimage town of Telgte.
Tour 2: Schloss Senden – Senden (Cycling 46 km/29 miles)
This tour takes you along the Aasee via Mecklenbeck and Albachten to Schloss Senden. The route back is along the Dortmund-Ems-Kanals, past the enchanted Venner Moor and the Hitruper See. From the Aasee you reach the suburb of Mecklenbeck. You then go past Haus Ruhr, a seat of nobility from the 18th Century, built by Johann Conrad Schlaun. You then pass through woods and meadows to the Stever, which takes you to the castle with its lovely café. Alternatively you can stop off at Hof Grothues-Potthoff, which offers regional dishes and a wide selection of cakes. Once replenished, continue back to Münster. Just past Senden you meet the Dortmund-Ems canal and cycle past Hiltruper See and the harbour back to Münster.
Tour 3: Baumberge / Longinusturm – Havixbeck (Cycling 48 km/30 miles)
This tour takes you to the Longinusturm, constructed on the highest point in Münsterland (188 m) in the Baumberge hills. During the journey you come across Burg Hülshoff with its lovely parkland and café, as well as Vögeding. The Longinusturm provides a spectacular view over Münsterland. The tower was constructed at the start of the 20th Century and is of the typical lime sandstone of the Baumberg hills. The return route, mostly downhill, takes you through the beautiful parkland back to the city.
Tour 4: Burg Hülshoff (Cycling 27 km/17 miles)
This cycling excursion leads to one of the most well-known castles in Münsterland, Burg Hülshoff. Before this, you will come across Schloss Münster. Schloss Münster is by far the largest property in Münster and since 1954 has housed the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität. Behind the castle are the Botanical Gardens in the park. Continue out of Münster past Haus Rüschhaus to Burg Hülshoff, the birthplace and childhood home of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. The return route is through Roxel to the Aasee lake and along the nice café Aaseeterrasse back to the hotel.
Tour 5: Burg Schöneflieth – Greven (Cycling 44 km/27 miles)
Going through Rieselfelder (nature and bird park) takes you to Greven and the ruins of Burg Schöneflieth.
You first go round the city of Münster on the promenade to the Buddenturm, the last remaining part of the old city wall. Through the historic Kreuzviertel you go over the Aa to Rieselfelder, a European bird protection area. It provides endangered species of birds with refuge, and is a popular destination for the inhabitants of Münster. Just before Greven you come across the ruins of Burg Schöneflieth. You can then decide whether to visit the Sachsenhof open-air museum or go back to Münster. On the way back, keep following the canal to the Münster locks and then through the Erphoviertel back to the hotel.
Tour 6: Münster – Sculpture Projects (Cycling 18 km/11 miles)
On this route you will experience art in the open. The 'Skulptur Projekte' art exhibition takes place in Münster every 10 years. Some of the sculptures then become a fixed part of the urban landscape. Along with the 'Skulptur Projekte', there are other installations that you can visit today on your tour. You start off cycling towards Aasee, a large artificial lake in the centre of Münster with lovely lakeside paths. Here you will find the 'Giant Pool Balls' by Claes Oldenburg, perhaps the most well-known work of the Skulptur Projekte. Past the Wilhelms-Universität you continue to the promenade, a car-free boulevard laid along the city's old ring of fortifications and which takes you along a shady path once round the city centre. It is worth visiting the Friedensaal in the Town Hall, the St. Pauls Dom with the world clock or one of the many museums.
Tour 7: Hohe Ward – Lake Hiltrup (Cycling 31 km/19 miles)
This tour leads to the Hohe Ward forest area, along the Dortmund-Ems canal and past the Lake Hiltrup. The return route is through the Wolbecker Tiergarten nature reserve and a short stretch via the magnificent Weser cycle path. The Hohe Ward serves as a local recreation area. The way back passes the Drostenhof, a manor house dating from the 16th Century and still owned by the Graf von Merveldt family. Follow the picturesque river Werse leading to the gates of Münster. After a short detour Lütkenbeck, it is back to the hotel.
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.